Public, Society Benefit

Recovery Dharma Inc

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Portland, OR


We are a peer-led movement and community that is unified by our trust in the potential of each of us to recover and find freedom from the suffering of addiction. We believe that recovery means empowerment, and we support each other as partners walking the path of recovery together.

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Program Manager

Ms Jean Tuller

Main Address

2000 NE 42nd Ave., PMB # 255

Portland, OR 97213 USA


Buddhist addiction recovery





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Addiction is a chronic, relapsing condition. It is a disease reaching epidemic proportions . According to the 2016 World Drug Report, it is estimated that 1 in 20 adults, or a quarter of a billion people worldwide aged 15 to 64, used an illicit drug* in 2014, which is roughly equivalent to the combined populations of France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. In 2010, 3.6 million years of life were lost due to premature death caused by drug use. Opioid dependence contributed most to the burden of the disease, being responsible for 55% of years of life lost due to premature death. Additionally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were approximately 124 million people dependent on alcohol globally (2014), with over 3 million deaths caused by harmful alcohol use each year.

Our programs

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Recovery Dharma

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Recovery Dharma has been established to address the global human crisis using 2500 year-old Buddhist-based practices. Our meetings incorporate meditation, book study and personal sharing to assist our participants in the practice of renunciating harmful addictive behaviors.

Our organization publishes literature for use by meetings, provides assistance to organize new meetings, and strengthen local meetings with technical assistance. We also sponsor an annual conference in a centrally located area where attendees come together for mutual support and learning.

Recovery Dharma is a peer-led organization and our strong network of international volunteers manages all aspects of our work. The nonprofit is led by an elected Board of Directors who are responsible for overseeing the fiscal and programmatic health of the organization; the Board works hand in hand with the volunteer community to best serve our global membership.

Recovery Dharma measures progress by the following: 1) number of meetings; 2) distribution of meetings, specifically in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Europe; 3) diversity of community-built resources on the Recovery Dharma website; 4) number of volunteers; 5) number of individuals signed up for our newsletters and bulletins; and 6) number of participants in our community-sponsored videoconferences.

Recovery Dharma officially began on August 1, 2019, with 240 meetings around the world. We have since grown to over 500 meetings- in less than three months time. We have published a book- both printed and audio- that is used as the manual for our our local meetings and sales are strong. We have established a website and our membership is developing new material to contribute to it, for the benefit of all of our local meetings. We have a member-elected Board of Directors as of February 2020. We will hold our first annual conference in Summer 2020, using our online meeting capacity due to public health concerns. Our membership is engaged and supportive, and visible in our social media.

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